What's it like for students at WGU?
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Minnesota is home to 93 colleges and universities, with 196,296 students. These students are spread all around the state, and demonstrate the overall commitment of Minnesota to higher education. Many of these students could greatly benefit from a flexible education program. Western Governors University is one of the few fully online universities available to Minnesota students. WGU offers over 60 online degree programs in business, education, health, and information technology. These online degree programs lead students to diverse jobs within top organizations, greatly benefiting the Minnesota economy. As of March 2021, there are 1,463 WGU students in Minnesota and 3,017 alumni. Minnesota has a wide network of students and alumni who can help you transform your career, and your life. Discover why out of all the universities you can choose from, WGU is considered one of the best online colleges in Minnesota.
Competency-based education. Our competency-based education program means you can utilize your past knowledge and experience to accelerate through material you know. Once you can prove your mastery of material, you get to move forward, allowing you to graduate faster.
Flexible, online programs. WGU offers fully online programs that are perfect for busy adults. School fits into your schedule so you can continue to work and fulfill your family obligations while earning a degree.
Next Start Date
Start the 1st of any month—as soon as you complete enrollment!
WGU offers start dates on the first of every month, so you don't have to wait to begin. You just have to apply and work with an Enrollment Counselor to get all your transfer credits figured out, and you'll be on your way. Your degree is closer than you think!
Manufacturing is the primary base of the Minneapolis economy. This means that a degree in business or IT can go a long way in helping you land a great job. Many high tech organizations are flocking to Minneapolis to establish their plants, and there is a great need for qualified individuals to help run these organizations with leadership and technological skills. WGU could be the perfect degree program to help you get qualified for one of these booming industries.
"My biggest fear before I started at WGU was that it would take too much time away from my family. But because it was so flexible, I was able to work around my family's schedule and my work schedule to be able to complete my degree without it being a big burden on my family."—Elizabeth Martin
"At WGU, instead of getting credits based on how long you've sat at a desk in a classroom, if you know an area, you can go through that course more quickly. For me, these included courses such as nutrition, nursing informatics, and care for the older adult. This competency-based approach to education saved me both time and money."—Patricia Voss
No matter where you live, WGU tuition is the same. We base our tuition on your program and it is charged per six-month term, not per credit. This helps you know exactly what to expect, and helps us keep costs low. Discover what your tuition will be based on your program choice.
By providing useful information and advice on responsible borrowing before enrollment, keeping tuition low while you’re enrolled, and providing programs that lead to better jobs after graduation, WGU packs a one-two-three punch designed to keep your debt low and your return on investment quick.
Tuition at WGU is lower than most other universities, traditional or online. We offer low, flat-rate tuition charged per six-months, not per credit. Our competency-based education also allows you to move through courses more quickly, cutting down your overall cost. And on top of our low-rate tuition, we offer financial aid options to help provide affordable ways to earn your degree.
Now that you've looked at scholarship requirements and found one to apply for, here are the steps to apply.
To be considered for any WGU scholarships, you must be provisionally accepted as a WGU student. Complete the admissions application and work with your enrollment counselor to move through the admissions process. NOTE: Returning WGU graduates should complete the Returning Graduate Application.Apply to WGU
The general application is required for all WGU scholarships and lets us learn more about you and which scholarships you may be eligible for. To access the application, you will need your MyWGU student portal credentials, which will be sent to you shortly after Step 1. NOTE: You are eligible to apply for scholarships within 90 days of starting a degree program, either before or after. You must complete the application within 90 days of your intended start date.General Scholarship Application
Based on what you tell us in Step 2, we’ll let you know which scholarships you might be eligible for. Finish up by reviewing the recommended opportunities and completing the supplemental application for each scholarship you’d like to be considered for by logging into the Scholarship Portal. These additional applications need to be submitted within 5 days of submitting the general application.
You may choose to pay for the remaining portion of your degree through federal financial aid (subject to your eligibility). Pell Grants, which do not have to be repaid, are granted based on financial need. Federal Direct Student Loans are available to all students. Subsidized loans, which are dependent on financial need, reduce the interest due on loans.
WGU has partnerships with Minnesota cities, schools, and businesses that can offer tuition assistance or reimbursement. Discover if your Minnesota business, school, or city has a connection with WGU that can help you make our already-low tuition even more affordable.
WGU has a generous transfer policy that allows you to use your previous schooling for credit towards your degree. We even partner with several Minnesota community colleges to help you utilize your associate's degree or other college credits. You can work with your Enrollment Counselor to get your transcripts and discover exactly how your credits will transfer.
There are a few state-specific elements of WGU programs for Minnesota students:
No need to wait for spring or fall semester. It's back-to-school time at WGU year-round. Get started by talking to an Enrollment Counselor today, and you'll be on your way to realizing your dream of a bachelor's or master's degree.
WGU offers flexible pacing, meaning you can move through courses at a pace that meets your learning style and knowledge level. Students can go as fast as they can but not as slowly. Students are required to complete a minimum number of competency units per term to meet on-time progress. However, if you choose to study at 3 am daily, that we can accommodate.
WGU has a generous transfer policy. Our transcripts department can accept official copies of transcripts from your previous educational institutions for a course-by-course evaluation that compares the context of your courses to those in our programs, to tell you what is comparable and transferable.
Your personal progress will be determined by the extent of your transfer units, your time commitment, and your determination to proceed at a faster rate. Traditionally, without an associate’s degree or equivalent, it will take 2 to 2.5 years. Master's degree programs are designed to be completed within 2 years. However, we work on a competency-based model, which gives you credit for passing assessments and proving you can perform a task or understand a course of study proficiently.
Yes! If you are able to complete the minimum requirement before your term is over, you can add more courses, with no tuition increase.
WGU is approved to offer federal student aid. You will need to apply using the FAFSA, which is used to determine your eligibility for aid. WGU’s FAFSA school code is 033394.
Yes! WGU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the highest form of accreditation.
WGU offers competency-based education. Competency-based learning means our online degrees are based on real-world competencies as opposed to seat time or credit hours. Our focus in on ensuring you possess the skills and knowledge you need to be successful, not whether you’ve attended class or not. If you already have knowledge in an area a course covers, you’ll be able to draw upon this experience to complete assessments faster, ultimately saving you both time and money.
WGU students and alumni have access to career services which include professional development, career exploration, and career planning. WGU also has partner employers who share full-time, part-time, and paid internship opportunities.
We offer degree programs in four in-demand fields. Explore what else is available.
BACHELOR'S WITH LICENSURE
MASTER'S WITH LICENSURE
GRADUATE DEGREES FOR LICENSED TEACHERS
Educational Leadership – M.S.
Other Education Programs
Educational Studies – B.A.
Health Information Management – B.S. (from the College of Health Professions)
Information Technology Management – B.S. Business Administration (from the College of Business)
MBA Information Technology Management (from the College of Business)
Health Information Management – B.S. (from the College of Health Professions)
Master of Health Leadership (from the College of Health Professions)
Data Analytics – M.S. (from the College of Information Technology)
Healthcare Management – B.S. Business Administration (from the College of Business)
Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (BSN to MSN) – M.S. (Available in select states)
Nursing – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (BSN to MSN) – M.S. (Available in select states)
MBA Healthcare Management (from the College of Business)